New Book Chapter: A Dialectical Approach to the Roman Religion of Utility: The Hinges of History, by Rudolf J. Siebert and Dustin J. Byrd

I was happy to join my doktorväter in this important endeavor: understanding the dialectical nature of Roman religion. Our chapter is rooted in the dialectical philosophy of Hegel, and explains the du et des (quid pro quo) aspects of ancient Roman religion. Information on the book, including the Table of Contents and a sample of the chapter, can be found below.

The book can be purchased through Franz Steiner Verlag’s website.

New Book by Rudolf J. Siebert, edited by Dustin J. Byrd

I’m pleased to announce that the book I edited, written by the critical theorist, theologian, and Hegelian, Rudolf J. Siebert, has just been released by Ekpyrosis Press. The book contains fifteen chapters of Siebert’s most important writings on Hegel and his relationship to the Frankfurt School’s Critical Theory as well as Hegel’s influence on Siebert’s own Critical Theory of Religion and Society. The essays contained in the book span from the 1970s to 2021. It is available both in paperback and hardcover via Ekpyrosis Press on Amazon.

The books can be purchased through Ekpyrosis Press on Amazon

Martyrdom and the Dialectics of Religion: ‘Ashura and Human Emancipation

On August 25th, I participated in a discourse with other scholars in commemoration of this year’s ‘Ashura, celebrated by the Shi’a throughout the Muslim world. We discussed the dialectical nature of martyrdom, both from an Islamic and Christian perspective, as well as that of the secular.

The participants include the following: Syed Farid Alatas, Dustin J. Byrd, Mahjabeen Dhala, Syed Sajjad Rizvi, Mehdi Shariati, Rudolf J. Siebert, and Seyed Javad Miri.

The discourse is sponsored by Ekpyrosis Press and the Center for Inter-civilizational Dialogue and will be uploaded to YouTube at a later date.

Sponsored by Ekpyrosis Press

The entire discourse can be found here.
My Presentation, “The Dialectics of Martyrdom.”

Islamic Perspective Journal, Vol. 25 Spring 2021, now available.

I am pleased to announce that the Islamic Perspective Journal, Vol. 25, Spring 2021 is now available for download. Islamic Perspective Journal is a bi-annual, peer-reviewed journal, published by the London Academy of Iranian Studies, which includes all articles on all aspects of Islam and Muslims. If you are interested in submitting an essay for consideration in the journal, please email it to Seyed Javad Miri at:

Also see my discourse on the topic of my essay in this edition of IPJ:

Between Ethno-Nationalism and Pathological Critique: Critical Theory as Critique and Defense of the Western Tradition

“Critical Theory and the Human Condition: A Discourse among Scholars” ~ July 22, 2021

I’m happy to announce I will be joining an august group of scholars to discuss important issues that are both endemic to, and the latest development of, the human condition. Join us for the discourse!

My Presentation:

“The Bleakness of Critical Theory: Interrogating the Human Condition in Modernity.” – July 22, 2021

The Entire Discourse:

“Critical Theory and the Human Condition: A Discourse among Scholars” – July 22, 2021

Ali Shariati: Legacy and Relevance

On June 17th, 2021, I participated in another global roundtable via Zoom, this time on the Iranian sociologist, Ali Shariati. This event is sponsored by Ekpyrosis Press, a new publishing house dedicated to critical thought in a complacent and apathetical world. My presentation is in Session 2. The videos of the event can be found below:

Session 1

Ali Shariati: Legacy and Relevance – Session 1 – June 17, 2021

Session 2

Ali Shariati: Legacy and Relevance – Session 2 – June 17, 2021

My Presentation:

My presentation: “Ali Shariati as Revolutionary Islamic Metapolitics.” June 17th, 2021

Is Religion Repressive or Emancipatory: A Global Roundtable Discussion

I am honored to be a presenter and discussant with this esteemed group of critical social theorists, discussing the dialectical nature of religion. My discourse will be on the dialectics of religious fanaticism, wherein I will tackle the one-dimensional understanding of fanaticism from both a psychological and ideological perspective. The video of this discourse will be available soon.

New YouTube Channel

Over the course of the last years, I have built and maintained the Rudolf J. Siebert Audio-Visual Archive, wherein you can find over one hundred videos on the topic of Critical Theory of Religion and Society. Now, am pleased to announce the establishment of a New YouTube Channel dedicated to my own recent lectures, speeches, and discourses. These lectures will cover a variety of issues, including Critical Theory, political philosophy, religion in the modern world, etc. I hope you will enjoy watching my ramblings! The first among many video to come can be found below:

“Between Ethno-nationalism and Pathological Critique: Critical Theory as Critique and Defense of the Western Tradition”

To see more videos, see the link below:

YouTube Channel of Dustin J. Byrd, Ph.D.

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